[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Request for Comments: Legal Fees Assistance Program

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Fri Aug 31 21:28:07 UTC 2012

Something I don't see in the FAQ - could the use of WMF funds to
defend someone for actions taken in a project role imperil the
immunity of the WMF? If the organization is seen to provide for the
defense of its functionaries, and describes those people as taking
"official action" in its FAQ, is there any bleedover risk for the
Foundation itself?


On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM, Geoff Brigham <gbrigham at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Note:  You may also read this announcement in DE - ES - FR - IT - JA - RU
> Many Wikimedians take on key support roles that help ensure that the
> community’s projects run smoothly and effectively. The Wikimedia Foundation
> -- under the lead of the Finance Department and the Legal and Community
> Advocacy Department -- is proposing the Legal Fees Assistance Program. This
> program is intended to help find qualified lawyers or pay for the legal
> defense fees of eligible users in specified support roles. The assistance
> would be available in the unlikely event those users were ever named in a
> legal complaint as a defendant because of their support roles on any
> Wikimedia project. The program would apply to all projects and languages.
> We have started a request for comment to see what the community thinks of
> this proposed initiative, and we would like those who are interested to look
> at the proposed program itself and let us know your thoughts. If you have
> further questions, we have prepared an FAQ, and we will be available to
> discuss via the talk pages.
> Many thanks,
> Geoff
> Geoff Brigham
> General Counsel
> Wikimedia Foundation
> Garfield
> Garfield Byrd
> Chief of Finance and Administration
> Wikimedia Foundation
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